Music and Art for All

It’s time for a fun evening of music and humor!

By: Value News | Category: Other | Issue: April 2008

The River City Ramblers perform April 11.

It’s time for a fun evening of music and humor as the River City Ramblers bring their Dixieland and jazz sounds to Broken Arrow Friday, April 11, 2008, at 7:30 p.m.  The performance will be at North Intermediate High School Auditorium located at 808 E. College. Tickets are still only $10 for general seating.

The River City Ramblers are all outstanding Dixieland performers, but they do more than just perform well – they entertain with humorous tunes and antics. They are the best that St. Louis has to offer.

Tickets are $10 and are available at all four Arkansas Valley State Bank locations: downtown Broken Arrow, 121st & Elm in Broken Arrow, 51st & Mingo in Tulsa and the newest location next to Bass Pro Shop in Broken Arrow – and Arrow Flowers at 213 South Main in downtown Broken Arrow.

It’s Broken Arrow’s annual lunchtime tradition. The Lunch Box Series returns to the Broken Arrow Public Library during the month of April, every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. This year, five authors have signed up to share their stories and the tales behind them. As always, it is brought to the public absolutely free by the Broken Arrow Arts and Humanities Council.

With five slots to fill this year, each Tuesday session brings something unique. On April 1, Larry Hoefling will discuss his book “Pittsburg County: Images of America.” April 8 brings local Ingrid Brown and her suspenseful “Village Vengeance.” April 15, John Wooley presents his new Centennial book “From The Blue Devils to the Red Dirt: Colors of Oklahoma” and a novel entitled “Ghost Band.” On Earth Day, April 22, Radine Trees Nehring will discuss two works—“Dear Earth” and “A River To Die For.” The series closes out on April 29 with Carol Johnson and her book “Everlasting.”

All sessions will take place at the Broken Arrow Public Library, located at 301 W. Broadway just off Main Street. The Tulsa City-County Library also presents the Lunch Box Series. For more information, visit the Arts Council’s website at

A life-long writer, Larry Hoefling spent more than 20 years with various newspaper and broadcasting organizations as a deejay, reporter, newscaster, and manager at Oklahoma and Missouri radio and TV stations, including more than a decade on morning drive radio in Tulsa.  A radio documentary and corresponding article written for the “Daily Oklahoman” newspaper highlighted the need for a change in the Oklahoma criminal justice system, and the identification of victim's rights. Hoefling received a citation from the Oklahoma State House of Representatives for the work, which contributed to the passage of the Oklahoma Victims Rights Act and also won awards from Columbia University in New York City and the Scripps-Howard Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio.

Ingrid Brown was born in Tulsa and was educated in Illinois, Oklahoma and Kansas. She received a bachelor's degree in social work from Wichita State University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Oklahoma. Ingrid has worked in a number of fields, including adoptions, mental health, higher education and as a medical social worker.  Presently, she is employed as a social worker for a hospice agency and is an adjunct professor for Tulsa Community College. Recently, Ingrid was honored as one of six "Dream Makers" by the Wichita State University African American Alumni Association.

John Wooley is the author, co-author, or editor of 18 books, including his newest novel, “Ghost Band,” as well as “From the Blue Devils to Red Dirt: The Colors of Oklahoma Music,” one of only three books commissioned by the Oklahoma Centennial Commission and a finalist for the 2007 Oklahoma Book Award. Wooley’s earlier horror-fantasy tale, “Dark Within,” was a finalist for the 2001 Oklahoma Book Award for Best Novel. Wooley also penned the script for the made-for-TV movie “Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective,” the award-winning independent film “Cafe Purgatory” and the recent documentary “Bill Boyce–Money Actor.”

Radine Trees Nehring spent 10 years as a broadcast journalist and feature writer for magazines and newspapers before her first book, “Dear Earth: A Love Letter from Spring Hollow,” appeared in 1995, winning the Arkansas Governor’s Award for best writing about the state. Her “To Die For” Ozarks mystery series began in 2002 with Macavity nominee, “A Valley To Die For.” The series has earned many other awards, including four from Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc.

Carol Johnson received her bachelor’s degree in English from Northeastern State University and her master’s degree in language and literature from the University of Tulsa. Her novel, “Everlasting,” was published in 2006 and named a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award. She has published in a variety of genres and venues, including short fiction in “Clackamas Literary Review,” business profiles in “Entrepreneur,” and critical essays in the Gale Group’s “Short Stories for Students.”

For more information, contact

Broken Arrow Arts & Humanities Council

(918) 259-4300 ext. 258

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